It is my pleasure to introduce myself.
My name is Zuzana, but all children call me Susie.
I am the founder of Susie's - helping you with your children since 2014 until now.
Currently I am happy mum, enjoying the fun on being on maternity leave with my two children, but occasionally I still do babysitting for other families (my children then stay home with their dad).
I started babysittig in first place, because I always felt attracted to children, they
are my passion and the drive of my life. It's definitely not just
career for me, as I have had in the past various other jobs where I
earned loads more than in childcare, but nothing ever fullfilled me as
being and caring for children. This is the kind of job, where doing it
is already reward for it. I do chidlcare by heart and now, being mum
myself, I have even more passion for it than ever before.
Susie's is my project which I started in Prague in 2014 and until the spring 2015 it was just one person operation, where all babysitting was done by me personally. Even though I have now took on board additional babysitters to help me with all your requests, I still prefer to do the babysitting myself, just my availability is limited, please read below on the bottom for details of "my current situation".
I have 15 years of experience with children - from teaching them in kindergartens as well as being professional private nanny. I worked for schools and families from England, Austria and Czech Republic. I am now also a mother myself and therefore can emphatise with my clients more then before - how does it feel to leave your most loved children in the care of someone else.
I understand that this can be actually scary for both parents and the children and I always look after other people's children as if they were my own! I don't hesitate to show tenderness, patience and even hugs (if wanted) to children in my care.
My working experience with children:
I lived 7 years in Englad where I worked as a Nursery Nurse (kindergarten teacher) in various nursery and primary schools. I also worked with small babies in crèches, different children clubs and later managed an after-school club in a primary school . In my free time I often worked as a babysitter for families both in England and Czech Republic. Before I moved permanently back to Prague, I also worked two winter seasons as a holiday nanny in Austrian ski resort, where I had to get used to new children every week (while parents were skiing), and in some cases every day.
In my last job I worked in an international school in Prague - in a Nursery class.
My qualifications (mostly gained in the United Kingdom):
- Czech diploma for working in a state preschools (Předškolní a mimoškolní pedagogika- Maturitní obor).
- BTEC National Diploma in Early Years - Level 3. (This is a British childcare qualification for Nursery Nurses to work in nursery and primary schools).
- Bachelor degree in English as Foreign Language (Leeds Met University)
- Classroom Assistant Certificate (for Primary schools)
- TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) Certificate
- First Aid Certificate
- Other certificates from trainings related to my job in an international school
I consider myself as caring, responsible and friendly person. I have never had a problem to start a new relationship with adults or children and I think I am open-minded and flexible.
Children often said about me that I can be strict but definitely also fun. In my past jobs I have been able to gain children's respect and manage well their behaviour by positive motivation as well as set rules which I adapted to the age, ability and personality of the children. I am person with great deal of respect for other people, their opinions and values and I teach children to not just respect but celebrate the differences among us. I understand each child is unique and always try to work in close partnership with parents to ensure I can provide an individual approach, best suited to your child.
How do I work:
When I work with children, I put them in the centre of my world to make sure I don't become just their carer but their friend too.
I like being with children because they make me feel as my work really matters and I love the feeling of children's gratitude when I spent quality time with them. I like teaching children new things and doing fun creative activities.
Sometimes parents may call me on last minute to book a following day with me. Even in such cases I am able to prepare a day plan, so it include all aspects of children development (cognitive, social, emotional and physical) in fun games and plays, as long as I know the ages of the children and little bit about their interests.
Usually I am fully flexible to the family's needs and I always try to go the extra mile to make sure both children and their parents are happy. Please read "References" to see what other families thought about me.I am looking forward to meeting your and your little loves soon :)